Welcome to the latest edition of “Stephanie Answers Questions From Popular Songs”!
How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?
Well, this is a bit of a tricky one. I’m going to need some more details, I’m afraid. How long are these roads? What are the weather conditions? A snowy road is much more difficult to navigate than a clear one on a sunny day, so theoretically this “man” would have to walk down fewer roads if they were snowy in order to achieve manhood. Are there mosquitos? Are these roads paved?
This question does not exist in a vacuum, Mr. Dylan.
All this without even getting into the concept of manhood. I mean, gender constructs have changed a lot since the ’60s. Is walking these roads a definitive act of manhood? Judith Butler would say it’s a performative act. If a woman walks down the same roads, do we call her a man, or is she still a woman? Is it the roads themselves that bestow manliness, or is it the act of walking?
What if you walk through a field instead?
In conclusion: six. You’re welcome.
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